A guide to species and cultivars of popular plants for retail in garden centres, with supplier's tips on how to use and sell them.
These perfect pot plants for Christmas can be brought back into flower year after year, Miranda Kimberley explains.
This staple of the indoor plant market in garden centres is renowned for its attractive leaves, says Miranda Kimberley.
These popular plants for the house or office have attractive foliage and are easy to cultivate, says Miranda Kimberley.
These excellent plants for the garden are long-flowering, vigorous and good for ground cover, says Miranda Kimberley.
This huge genus offers a wide range of interesting foliage, does well indoors and is easy to grow, says Miranda Kimberley.
An extended flowering season, luminous colours and robust stems all contribute to outstanding displays, says Kevin Line.
Plants in this genus range from our native lesser celandine to the frost-tender R. asiaticus. Miranda Kimberley reports
Snowflakes feature dainty white nodding flowers similar to those of snowdrops but are taller and look more robust, says Miranda Kimberley.
These iconic trees are some of the best pot plants for indoor cultivation, writes Miranda Kimberley.
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With their unusual tall flower spikes the desert candles and foxtail lilies can be a sight to behold, says Miranda Kimberley.
Offering colour all year round, these evergreen shrubs are now more popular than ever, Miranda Kimberley finds.
Attractive foliage and colourful flowers on wiry stems make these plants ideal for use in borders, says Miranda Kimberley.
These colourful daisy-like flowers spill out beautifully over walls, steps and paths after self-sowing, says Miranda Kimberley.
From rockery plants to border perennials, this genus provide some of the truest blues along with shades of pink and white, says Miranda Kimberley.
These evergreen shrubs can produce bright-yellow flower heads nearly all year round, says Miranda Kimberley.
Bottlebrush-like flowers, stiff leaves and peeling bark are all features of this exotic Australian native, says Miranda Kimberley.
These dramatic flowers can be used to brighten up a shady corner and provide colour right up until the end of summer, says Bethan Norris.
The lily genus offers incredible diversity with flowers of all shapes and sizes in a stunning array of colours, says Miranda Kimberley
Many of these statement plants can grow to great heights in one season, says Miranda Kimberley.
Scented jasmines offer a variety of flower colours, foliage and habits, says Miranda Kimberley.
These diminutive bulbs offer a delicate splash of colour, says Miranda Kimberley.
This genus features fruiting and ornamental varieties but is loved by cats, Miranda Kimberley finds.
Showy flowers and striking colour are helping these 'shooting stars' to grow in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.
There are plants thoroughly associated with winter: the Christmas tree, of course; the Poinsettia and Hippeastrum, given as presents at Christmas; and after Christmas the heralds of the coming of the spring, the snowdrop. One underrated evergreen, not the holly or the ivy, but the Sarcococca, needs to be more fully appreciated.
Grown as summer bedding or cut flowers, these plants are appealing primarily for their showy flower heads in a variety of colours and forms, says Bethan Norris.
These plants are commonly used as bedding in hanging baskets and summer containers as well as making a colourful addition to summer planting schemes, says Bethan Norris.
Bright-blue flowers and contrasting foliage help to ensure a long season of interest, says Kevin Line.